Beaufort hosting JY15 North American Championships this weekend

info@islandpacket.comNovember 10, 2012 

The Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club this weekend hosts sailors from as far away as Mexico this weekend for the JY15 North American Championships.

But one of the best lives just down the road.

Club member John Potter is a two-time champion of the event. He said organizers hope to squeeze 10 races into the three-day event, which begins today and ends Monday.

Racing starts on the Beaufort River today at 1 p.m. About 25 boats are expected to participate. Sailors can register at the club today until 11 a.m.

The JY, known for its racing as well as being a family boat, is a 15-foot, sloop rig sailing dinghy crewed by two or more sailors. Awards will include husband-wife teams, parent-child teams and a junior team trophy.

Other past champions expected to sail include 2011 champion Paul-Jon Patin from Long Island, N.Y., and Bill Nightingale from Stanford, Conn. Other well-known names on the JY circuit are Michigan native Mark Allen and Long Island resident Joe Healy. Jose Diego Reyes Marin will represent Puerto Bravo Yacht Club in Mexico.

BYSC most recently hosted the North Americans in 2006. Frank Pontious, a club member and a U.S. Sailing certified race officer, will serve as principal race officer.

Potter expects light winds all three days.

"Five to 15 knots of wind and No. 9 in the lead in every race," said Potter, sail No. 9, of his ideal conditions.

On the social side, a continental breakfast will be available at the club today, Sunday and Monday mornings. Lunch will be served before racing on Saturday and between races on Sunday. A cookout will be held Monday after the races.

Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club will hold its annual change of watch party and oyster roast Saturday night. Sailors are invited to cook their own steaks Sunday night.

JY15 North American Championships

What: Sailing regatta for the JY15, a one-design, centerboard dinghy

When: Today through Monday. Racing starts at 1 p.m. today, 10 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday. Racing will end by noon Monday with awards to follow.

Where: Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club

Details: Twenty-five boats were registered as of Friday. Registration will be held today at Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club until 11 a.m. Nine trophies will be awarded, including top five, top junior team, top husband/wife team, top parent/child team, and top master.

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